Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
On March 14, 1925, the City of New York began construction on the Eighth Avenue Subway line. Upon its completion it was to be leased to private operators.
In Queens County, the end of the Eighth Avenue line was to be 169th Street in Jamaica. It took until 1931 for the work to finally reach that last stop. A transit worker can be seen in this photograph directing traffic to keep anyone from going into the deep shaft in the center of the road.
Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.
DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.
When it comes to the controversy surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, the vast majority of city lawmakers from Queens have nothing to say.
Asked on Monday whether they support Noerdlinger’s continued employment as McCray’s top aide, only three of the 14 City Council members from Queens would answer the question.
The Astoria Cove project has proven to be a sore issue with affordable housing advocates, and on Monday, City Council members were not afraid to slam the developers during a Zoning and Franchise Subcomittee meeting.
“As it is now, I cannot stand behind this project,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), whose district the development would be in and whose opinion will most likely influence the votes of his colleagues.
It’s deja vu all over again in Queens as six additional emergency family shelters are likely to be placed here.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said he was told by the Department of Homeless Services that it is now reviewing a site for one in Bayside.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
Back when they were founding the country, the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams raised and downed many tankards of cider, the historic beverage that fueled the colonies and nation for 200-plus years.
But gradually, cider lost its zing and was replaced by beer, as waves of German immigrants brought their taste for it to America in the late 19th century.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
The legislation would require:
Queens elected officials and Planned Parenthood New York City representatives celebrate the new Long Island City facility’s ground breaking.
Elected officials, women’s rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization’s new health center on Oct. 16.
“Already, nearly 5,400 Queens residents travel to other boroughs to come to PPNYC health centers,” President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City Joan Malin said. “There’s a clear need for more sexual and reproductive health services in Queens and opening this new center will enable Planned Parenthood to better serve the healthcare needs of all New Yorkers.”
New York City taxpayers paid more than $92,200 for each of the 11,408 inmates at Rikers Island between July 2013 and June 2014 — double the amount spent per inmates in Los Angeles, which has the country’s largest prison population at 18,710.
These findings were highlighted in a report released last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The audit found that the city spent a record $1.1 billion dollars for the 2014 fiscal year, even though the inmate population has declined by 18 percent since 2007.
Plaza College and the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will soon have two more reputable neighbors planting their flags a few floors away.
The New York City Board of Elections and Regus, an office suite provider with more than 2,000 locations in 100 countries, have signed leases totaling nearly 50,000 square feet with Muss Development and will soon be moving the real estate firm’s Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, according to Regus’ website and published reports.
Facing an audience of about a dozen supporters at the Northeast Queens Republican Club in the Clearview Golf Course on Oct. 15, Phil Gim, the party’s candidate running against incumbent Democrat Ron Kim in the 40th Assembly District, wasted little time before ripping apart the city’s education system, one of the two major issues on which his platform is based.
“We need to raise the under-performing schools to a level playing field,” Gim said. “But that’s a long-term process. Politicians have four years. That’s not going to be done in four years. They can’t wait that long, so they cover up.”
For many prospective New York City high school students, getting into one of the specialized schools is like winning the lottery, except with years of preparation.
To get into Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College or High School of American Studies at Lehman College, there is just one door — a test: three hours of 45 multiple- choice verbal questions, 50 multiple-choice mathematics problems, using a formula the city Department of Education keeps under heavy wraps.
Mayor de Blasio has selected another trustee for the Queens Library Board, this time appointing James Haddad, a litigation attorney, Forest Hills resident and father of four.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will on Wednesday introduce a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
Queens elected officials and Planned Parenthood New York City representatives celebrate the Queens facility ground breaking.
This morning elected officials, women's rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization's, located at 41-21 45 Road in Long Island city, new health center.
You have to give Jets quarterback Geno Smith credit for maintaining an upbeat attitude at his press conference following the team’s 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, which marked their fifth straight defeat. “Every day that I get up healthy and get a chance to play is a blessing!” Smith said. He added that the travails of the previous week, when the media understandably made a big deal out of him missing a team meeting in San Diego, which became further magnified when the Jets were humiliated 31-0 by the Chargers, did not affect his mood.
Smith’s body language told a different story as he winced when I asked him about being a punchline on “Saturday Night Live.” Colin Jost, a co-anchor on the Weekend Update segment, stated “On Friday embattled Jets QB Geno Smith celebrated his 24th birthday. Sadly, when Smith blew out the candles his birthday wish was intercepted and run back for a touchdown!” It’s safe to say that’s not how Geno wants to become a pop culture icon.
An unusually varied fall and winter community theater season is about to get under way on stages across the borough.
The schedule kicks off on Oct. 18 with Theatre Time Productions’ “Night Watch,” a suspense thriller by Lucille Fletcher. The play, under the direction of Kevin Vincent, enticingly suggests that “a murder has just been witnessed ... or has it???”
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
“We heard this was the oldest tavern in Queens, and here we are,” Katz said.
Neir’s, which first opened in 1829, is one of more than 200 dining establishments running dinner and sometimes lunch specials in what Katz considers a promotion for Queens as well as the businesses.